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Nurses want solution to 'epidemic' of workplace violence

Members of the National Nurses United union are joining a growing number of industry voices that decry the increasing amount of violence that healthcare workers face on a daily basis, reports  ABC  News' Tampa, Florida, affiliate.

Despite controversy, Sunshine Act backers look to expand law's reach

Requiring healthcare providers to disclose their financial relationships with healthcare manufacturing companies has been a step in the right direction for transparency, but the information has to cover more types of providers and be put in better context in order to improve the quality of care and stem spiraling healthcare costs.  

Party politics in the hospital boardroom: CEOs must tiptoe in political minefield

Despite the impact the outcome of the November 2016 elections will have on the healthcare industry and their own organizations, experts interviewed by  Becker's Hospital  Review suggest hospital CEOs keep party politics out of the office.

One-third of physicians would consider government practice jobs

Despite recent controversies surrounding wait time and staffing issues among hospitals run by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, a significant minority of physicians (36 percent) surveyed by the Medicus Firm said they would be "very likely" to consider a government-employed practice opportunity.

Amid more violence, some hospitals form police departments

The growing problem of violence in hospitals has led some organizations to form their own police departments.

3 hidden opportunities within reimbursement challenges

As we've reported previously, challenges abound for physician practices in 2015. Areas in which practices will have to work hardest to adapt center largely on the Affordable Care Act, health exchanges and new payment models offered by government and private payers, noted an announcement from  JD Supra.  But despite the learning curve practices face, these changes are not without opportunity for practices to enhance reimbursement in some areas, according to an article from  Medical Economics.

Deadline set for insurers filing risk management program policies

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced a Feb. 13 deadline for insurers to disclose how many people they cover through individual and small-group policies.

Reintroduced FLEX-IT Act looks to shorten 2015 MU reporting window

Rep. Renee Ellmers, (R-N.C.), flanked by two Republican and two Democrat co-sponsors, has reintroduced H.R. 270, the Flexibility in Health IT Reporting (FLEX-IT) Act, to shorten the Meaningful Use attestation period in 2015 from 365 to 90 days.

States, not Congress, will likely pick up slack after King v. Burwell

If the Supreme Court rules in favor of the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell, it will be up to either Congress or the states to tweak the Affordable Care Act.

MyMedicalRecords PHR patent ruled invalid

The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California has thrown out MyMedicalRecords' patent claim against Walgreens and other companies on the grounds that the purported patent is based on an abstract idea and thus patent-ineligible.